Pickler

Pickler

Apr 22

When I first came across the Perfect Pickler, it seemed innocuous enough. It didn’t look like some nefarious scam, trying to rake in as much cash as possible before being scandalously exposed. It didn’t have the feel of a new diet trend or the next super food. It did, however, seem like a unitasker (which Alton Brown will tell you is a waste of space), yet another rarely used product...

Happy Earth Day 2011!

Happy Earth Day 2011!

Apr 22

I learned this morning that Earth Day started in 1970, and back then it was more about protesting pollution, where now I see it as a day to support greener acts. There is a great news report from April 22nd 1970 about Earth Day, give it a looksee. Today in celebration of Earth Day I have some great resources and websites to help us all live a little greener for the planet. Carbon Footprint...

On the Patio

On the Patio

Apr 17

Our patio is small, and overwhelmingly tinged green and grey by the concrete and stucco, but it is more enjoyable this Spring than ever before. The perimeter of potted plants creates a sort of urban jungle. I can nearly hear the green things drinking water and stretching their appendages toward the sun. The roses make a beeline toward the screen canopy, growing with unexpected speed in the...

State of the Organic Industry

State of the Organic Industry

Apr 14

I found this nifty graphic posted on Facebook, created by Philip Howard at Michigan State University, showing the ownership and affiliations of organic brands. Notice that, although most of them are marketed as small, back-to-their-roots kind of companies, they are in fact owned or controlled by multinational corporations. For an even more eye-opening look at the industry, watch this great...

Branching Out to Facebook

Branching Out to Facebook

Apr 11

We finally made a Facebook page! We’ll be posting photos, quick tips, and such on our page there. It was getting confusing with Laura and I both posting the same stuff. So what are you doing? Go like us on Facebook!

Happy Chickens

Happy Chickens

Apr 11

This is one happy chicken! I dare you to find a Tyson chicken doing this. Do you think of chickens as vegetarian birds? I used to. Even eating the occasional insect or grub, they still qualified as vegetarians. Turns out I was wrong. Chickens are quite happy to eat frogs, as you can see in this...

The Proof is in the Meat

The Proof is in the Meat

Mar 28

While reading Farm City by Novella Carpenter, I actually learned quite a bit about raising pigs. Believe it or not, the author raised two pigs in the heart of downtown Oakland, California. I’m not suggesting I would try to do the same (not in the city), but it was interesting all the same. One point that struck me was that, after talking to some people about raising pigs, she found that if...

Improving the Site

Improving the Site

Mar 22

When Laura and I created this site, we had a specific goal in mind: To only eat meat and dairy products from humanely raised animals for three months. During that experiment, we used the blog to chronicle our experiences, and through our research we learned a lot about livestock and agriculture, which we also recorded here. As we began to realize the challenges of our experiment, and as we...

Organic Food Gets a Bad Rap

Organic Food Gets a Bad Rap

Mar 17

I hate that I’m posting this. Really. It’s such an awful video. But, still, it’s the CEO of large company, Stonyfield Farm, that we really love. And, of course, the words are relevant.

Enjoying some Lime

Enjoying some Lime

Mar 17

And I’m not talking about the citrus, either. I ate at Lime Fresh Mexican Grill for the first time today, and I’m ashamed to say it took a Groupon to get me there! My fajita-style burrito and guacamole were delicious, fresh, and provided a great atmosphere. (To be honest, though, the guacamole was pretty thin, not pure avocado the way I make it at home.) The staff was friendly, and I...

Eat Something Colorful Today!

Eat Something Colorful Today!

Mar 15

March is National Nutrition Month! This campaign, started and sponsored by the American Dietetic Association, “is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” The “informed decisions” are especially important to us. This year’s theme is “Eat Right. With color.”...

Food shaping our cities

Food shaping our cities

Mar 11

Carolyn Steel talks about people and their relationship with food. She gives a great mini history lesson about cities and how people have fed themselves over time. She argues that we now need to reconceptualize of how food shapes our lives. Food needs to now be in focus, we need to make time for food, make it apart of our family lives, we need to think about food, plan meals and know where our...

Finding an Urban Farm

Finding an Urban Farm

Mar 09

WANTED: One house in or near Colonialtown or Audubon Park, two or three bedrooms, preferably two bathrooms, large kitchen, and a backyard in full sun, with plenty of room for animals and plants alike. Must have an open floor plan and the ability to adapt to changes in size and decor. Fixer-uppers OK. Like-minded neighbors a plus. Cookie-cutters need not apply. ...

Recipes for Healthy Kids

Recipes for Healthy Kids

Mar 09

Laura and I are big fans of better food and nutrition in public schools. I just found this pretty neat competition to get healthier meals in school cafeteria – it pairs up participants with “actual” chefs to create original recipes that will be judged by a panel and voted on by the general public. Winners receive money and, I assume, a place in school cafeterias. Public voting...

Keeping Tabs on Government Policy

Keeping Tabs on Government Policy

Mar 06

Although I am loathe to get involve in politics and know that I am personally not a good enough speaker to effect change in that area, I am also becoming more and more interested in keeping tabs on big agriculture and the government’s policies on agriculture in general. So many aspects of daily life are regulated (or lack regulation) by the USDA that it’s important to be aware of...

Building the Local Food Community

Building the Local Food Community

Feb 21

Though we still actively avoid factory farmed meat and continue purchasing those products we’ve found to be safe and happy, we are also turning our sights more on happy produce and our local food cycle. Ultimately, the thrust of our efforts with meat and dairy was not to make animals happier for themselves, but to make them happier because that will make US — the consumers — happier....

Good Food Slows Population Growth

Good Food Slows Population Growth

Feb 19

Laura and I watched a Ted Talk on global population growth recently that asserted that population growth goes down in proportion to Infant Mortality Rates. I realized after I watched this presentation that food has to play an important role in Infant Mortality Rates. After all, whatever a pregnant woman eats goes to her developing child, either directly or indirectly. High-fat and high-sugar foods may not be as deadly to unborn children as cigarette smoke or alcohol, but neither are they helpful. Just the same, undernourished and underweight mothers (like those in developing countries) produce undernourished and underweight children.

And we’re back…

And we’re back…

Feb 18

The amazing, John Rife, the creator of the WP Harvest Festival, had a group of people over to celebrate the success of the festival as well as build community and connections with people involved with the local food movement in town. John and I were sort of the nobodies in the room, just a couple local foodies. Everyone else was the head of some great organization or non-profit, a bunch of medical professionals who support local, nutritious food and even some local farmers, it was quite a group.

Farm to Table Dinner: Success!

Farm to Table Dinner: Success!

Nov 21

Yesterday marked the start of what I hope is an annual tradition: The Winter Park Harvest Festival, followed by a five-course "Farm to Table Dinner," an event with limited seating, exclusive live music, a host of hors d'oeuvres, and free-flowing wine. Roughly twenty hors d'oeuvres were set out before dinner and each table was beautifully set with two loaves of bread and breadsticks made locally by Olde Hearth Bread Company. Drinks included red and white wine, soda, cucumber mojitos made with locally distilled vodka, and a pomelo-aged pale ale brewed ONLY for this dinner. Of the two local folk / bluegrass bands who played during our meal, one (Jubal's Kin) is among thirty-five folk bands being considered for a Grammy Award this year, and all three members happen to be under twenty-five. Tickets for the dinner were initially intimidating, at $95 per person, but now that all is said and done, it was entirely worth the cost: Amazing local food, live music, and alcohol.

Rain Barrel

Rain Barrel

Nov 20

One week ago today, Laura and I bought our first rain barrel. We brought it home and set it up, but unfortunately it has so far done nothing more than intrigue the cats and blend into our exterior walls with chameleon-like stealth. I have no doubt that it will perform beautifully when it finally sees some rain; I'm only sad to know that it likely will not reduce our water/sewer bill every month, because that seems to be averaged anyway. We are making strides toward being somewhat independent of "the grid," but we still have a long way to go...

Barton Seaver

Barton Seaver

Nov 05

This guy isn’t as good of a speaker as that little 11 year old in the last video, but Barton Seaver has some good stuff to say. I love when a chef admits that less protein (and more veggies) on a plate is the way to go. Especially since so many restaurants give you these gigantic portions that should feed two or three...

Protein

Protein

Nov 04

When I was a teenager I decided one summer I was going to be a vegetarian, eating only fish no more then once a week. I am sure I made life hard on mother that summer, and I know I lived off of junk food and not many veggies. But one thing I mother kept telling me is that I had to eat some meat because I wasn’t going to get enough protein. I am pretty sure it’s something most people...

Day 93 : Done

Day 93 : Done

Nov 01

So our three months are officially done, but don’t you think that’s the end of us! We have embraced this new way of eating, this new way of living in fact, and it’s not going anywhere! We are going to start integrating sustainable fish into our diet to boot. I must say this have been a fun and enlightening experience, and I am glad we started it. For those of you inspired by our...

Birke Baehr

Birke Baehr

Oct 31

This little guy is amazing! I think he’s great and whenever I have children, how do I put in an order to have one like...